In the world of dieting, many promises are made and broken. But author Kevin Trudeau's is an extreme case: He had been warned by no less than the Federal Trade Commission not to make false claims about his diet book in advertisements.
Nevertheless, he appeared in a recent set of infomercials for his book "The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You To Know About" saying that it revealed a miracle substance that would allow people following his diet plan to eat all they wanted and still lose weight. The infomercials aired 32,000 times.
A federal jury in Chicago found Trudeau guilty of criminal contempt Tuesday and he was taken into custody, Reuters reports. He faces potential federal prison time.
Trudeau's attorney argued that everything he said in the infomercials appeared in the book, so he hadn't violated his agreement, and that his claims had been stated as opinion and should be protected by free speech. The jury in the criminal case found against him.
In a civil case in 2010, Trudeau was fined $38 million, a sum he has not paid. This fall he has twice been jailed for failing to pay the judgment and for not accounting for his assets. Trudeau, 50, says he cannot pay.
[For the Record, Nov. 14, 2013: An earlier version of this post said Kevin Trudeau had been warned by the Federal Communications Commission.]